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TREASURE comes out the gate swinging with a freshman album that impresses from start to finish.

As 2021 continues to unfold, we’ve been blessed with multiple high-profile comebacks already, with many more on the horizon. This week alone we got new albums from (G)I-DLE, TREASURE, and VICTON. I already reviewed (G)I-DLE’s I Burn and now it’s time to take a look at TREASURE’s first full album, The First Step: Treasure Effect.

Now, I’ve got to admit that I wasn’t too familiar with TREASURE prior to listening to this album. I had watched a few of the music videos they released last year, but that was about it. Given that “BOY" was my first introduction to this…


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It’s been almost two months since Kai made his solo debut after eight years of being with EXO and I don’t think enough people are talking about it.

Mainly known for being one of the best dancers in all of k-pop, EXO’s Kai never really got a chance to shine on his own. Sure, he does a solo stage during EXO and SuperM concerts, but that’s about it. Chen, Xiumin, and Baekhyun have EXO-CBX. Chanyeol and Sehun have EXO-SC. Suho, Chen, D.O., and Baekhyun have put out solo albums or singles over the years. Kai was the only one who had yet to get a shot at a solo or subunit. This made his solo announcement back in November all the more important. …


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Flower concept via Cube Entertainment

2021 gets off to a quick start with the highly-anticipated comeback of (G)I-DLE. Can they live up to the hype?

And so we begin. In what is shaping up to be an incredibly packed month of comebacks, (G)I-DLE is leading the way with the release of their fourth mini-album entitled I Burn. I’ll be going through some of the other albums released today later in the week, but I wanted to start here since I’m a bit more familiar with (G)I-DLE than I am with TREASURE or VICTON.

Before I jump in, though, I have to admit that I haven’t gone super deep in (G)I-DLE’s discography just yet. I’ve listened to both I Trust and Dumdi Dumdi, but that’s about…


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What this place is and why it exists

Music has always been something that I’ve been passionate about. I basically live my life from one song to the next, using it as a way to control my moods and help me get through the day. With the ridiculousness that was 2020 (and has already started to become a few days into 2021), music has taken on an even more important role in my life. The type of music I consumed used to vary quite a bit, with R&B/Hip-Hop being the main genres I stuck to. …


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TWICE aka the group that wrecked my bias for Blackpink

In spite of the whirlwind that was the last 12 months, everything changed in perhaps the most unexpected way when a new genre of music quite literally took over my life.

Last year was a lot of things. Terrible. Scary. Stressful. Anxiety-inducing. Insane. Whatever adjective you can possibly think of, 2020 was it. In the face of all this uncertainty and anxiousness, I managed to discover something that not only consumed my time but also made my life better in a way.

K-Pop.

Yes, K-Pop. I know, I know. That’s random as hell. Trust me, I’m the one that’s been living with this obsession and even I can’t believe that it’s happening.

I’ve known about K-Pop for years, but only got directly acquainted with it back in 2019 when I noticed…


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The annual Activision behemoth is back for yet another round, but is it worth any of your time this year?

There are three things that we can rely on in this crazy thing we call life: death, taxes, and a new Call of Duty every year. Even in a year as tumultuous as 2020 given the strain that COVID-19 has put on the gaming industry, a new Call of Duty is here once more. I have to admit that I, too, have long been exhausted by this annual song and dance, not really putting much time into any of the series’ entrants since the heydays of the franchise back on the Xbox 360.

That being said, something about Call of…


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Despite some minor (and some major) hiccups, Marvel’s Avengers has the chance to be a huge force in the action RPG/looter genre

Okay, hear me out. No no, don’t leave just yet! I know Marvel’s Avengers has been getting some fairly bad press over the last couple of weeks, from the Spider-Man debacle to various performance issues. But before you listen to the naysayers, do yourself a favor and try the game out yourself.

After hearing about all the performance issues over the PS4 closed beta last weekend, I was starting to get a bit worried. Despite being pretty excited to play the game myself, all of the negative press was a bit off-putting. There was a common thread I was noticing…


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A new leak points to Halo Infinite breaking the mold with a free-to-play multiplayer model

While 343 Industries has remained tight-lipped about Halo Infinite’s multiplayer component, a European online retailer looks to have let slip some major details about what that multiplayer might look like.

No, we still don’t have any gameplay or anything of the sort, but according to Smyths Toys website, Infinite will break new ground for not just the Halo franchise, but blockbuster multiplayer games in general. We have to take this with a grain of salt, of course, but on the Xbox Series X landing page of their website, it states that Halo Infinite will feature “a groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience.”


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Against all odds, Halo 3 managed to re-ignite my fire and passion for writing 13 years after it was released

As is the case for just about everyone, 2020 has been probably my roughest year in my 30 years on this Earth. Things started well enough and then this bus we call life just drove off the side of a cliff. In addition to the various stresses that have come along with the ongoing pandemic, I’ve been personally dealing with large bouts of anxiety and depression for over a year now. Couple that with the ADHD that I recently discovered I almost assuredly have and you’ve got a recipe for a jumbled brain. COVID simply threw all that into overdrive.


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A full breakdown of the best and worst of this year’s event

Every year, the fighting game community converges on Las Vegas for the spectacle that is the Evolution Championship Series. What started out as a meager gathering of fighting game fanatics has now turned into a massive event featuring almost 10,000 players from dozens of countries all over the world. With over 30 hours of streamed gameplay spanning nine different Twitch streams, you can bet that there were plenty of amazing highlights and reveals along the way.

You can also bet that as a major fighting game enthusiast, I watched almost all of those 30 hours. (Don’t believe me? …

Wyatt Donigan

Calling it like I see it on culture, sports, video games, and everything in between.

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